Jorge Fernandez serves as the Chief of Staff and Chief Financial Officer for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). As an executive officer of the company, Mr. Fernandez handles the day-to-day management of personnel to ensure streamlined activities within the organization, based on the priorities of the Executive Director. He works closely with the Executive Director and the Chief Scientist to accomplish the mission of CASIS as the manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. He is responsible for managing the organization’s finances, financial reporting, budgeting, IT, legal, contracts and compliance. Additionally, he assists the Executive Director in the direct oversight of the teams that execute in the Commercial Innovation, Business Strategy & Portfolio Management, Operations, Marketing & Communications, and STEM Education departments. Mr. Fernandez joined CASIS in July 2012.
Prior to working with CASIS, Mr. Fernandez was employed by Celsia Technologies as CFO from 2005-2012. Mr. Fernandez also served as the finance director for Tiger Direct (NYSE: SYX), a Fortune 1000 computer and electronics retailer. Additionally, he has served as the finance director for the PRG-Schultz Latin America Division (NASDAQ: PRGX) – an accounts payable recovery audit services firm, and held the position of vice president of finance for Fiera Group, an e-commerce startup in Latin America.
Mr. Fernandez began his career as part of the assurance practice at Arthur Andersen LLP, where he managed audit engagements in South Florida. He received his Bachelors and Masters degree in Accounting from the University of Florida, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the State of Florida.